I just bought a Taurus 709 stainless for $422 including tax. Shot 100 rounds of Blazer Brass with 1 small problem. Twice the slide held open with the last round in the magazine visable. Both times I was caught off guard when I saw a round in there. I fixed the problem by closing the slide and fireing the gun. I don't know if this counts as a malfunction or not.
I ordered a highnoon Mr. Softy since they make one for the 709 and it is a stocking item! Today I carried it with an uncle mikes pocket holster #4 to work in Woolrich Elite Shorts. The only thing that might scream gun was a slight crease to the left of the magazine pocket. I also carried the other magazine in my other pocket.